Thursday, July 31, 2014

Chairish Design Board | Buy. Sell. Adore.

Hello All,

Since Summer began, I have been spending as much time as I can on the shoreline with my family and friends. I am often taken away with the simplicity of beach living and it truly feels like I am at home by the water.  I celebrate the minimalist in me.. all you need is the basics. 
No clutter. Easy living.

I have been inspired daily, but I am enjoying spending time with my loved ones. I have so many inspirations waiting in the wings and can't wait to execute all of my ideas when Summer closes.    


Recently Chairish contacted me to put together a style board for a room that reflects my flair. For those of you who don't know, Chairish is an online boutique for upscale, unique, vintage pieces.  They have been featured in Elle Decor, Domaine, House of Beautiful, InStyle, and many more.  The prices are listed, but a "make an offer" option is available.  

The database is super easy to navigate through and is filled with beautiful one-of-a-kind Curator picks listed by city.  Whatever your style from Mid-Century Modern, Eclectic, Traditional, Cottage or Glam...this is the place to find something special for your room.

The decision:  I first selected the inspiration for my Living Room which is this Coco Chanel style pink velvet accent chair and I directed the room from there.  Here are some other vintage accent chairs that are available.


The Traditional lines of the chair are classic, but the bold pink fabric makes this piece stand out and puts a new twist on Grandma's hand me down.  


A place for your tush: I then selected some seating that I felt would compliment this gorgeous pink chair.  The boldness of the pattern on the black and beige couch and the artwork take this rooms personality up a notch and keeps things interesting.  


In keeping with my own rules, I brought in most of the color with pillows, art and accessories.  By repeating the bright pink color in the room it draws in a sense of cohesiveness and highlights the inspiration color.  

Knick Knack paddy wack, give the dog a bone: The 1960's Convex mirrorEstee Lauder dog portrait, designer books, and a glossy pink box with a Swarovski antler handle inject timeless tradition into the room.  



Masculine edgeI love the look of a side table with an ottoman pushed underneath it. This gives the ottoman dual purpose--a space saver under a desk AND extra seating for when you have guests.  Not to mention it can turn an otherwise boring small wall or a small area within your room into another glorious focal point.  This Ralph Lauren navy pinstripe ottoman is stunning.  It reminds me of a handsome menswear suit. 
One of my favorite accessories right now is a brass task light .  Big or small.  Table or floor. It brings some masculine flair into any room.


The girly, girl: The vintage elephant garden stool, the lines of the Curry and Co. Eternity floor lamp and bright pink color infuse feminine curves into the room.  My style has always been about finding the right balance of masculine and feminine into a room.  It's what takes it from boring to spectacular...


A time to reflect: This room has it all...feminine, masculine, bold, bright, timeless, classic and a unique personality.  The texture of the upholstered quadrille console table, valpara flatweave rug and original Daniel Marchi painting bring the room to life.  The detail of the frames, mirror, lamp and elephant draw the eye in wanting more.  

If you follow my blog, you know that I am a sucker for animal art. The quirkier, the better. An instant conversation piece that adds whimsy.  There are some great ones available at Chairish.com



A final note: This was so much fun to create this design board.  All of these magnificent items (except the books) are available for purchase at Chairish.com.  And I also want to thank Chairish for this opportunity. 

I love projects like this... This is very similar to how many of the rooms in my home and my entire beach house were designed.  A quirky item found on the side of the road, a random trip to a thrift store that revealed a sweet find or a little something unexpected in the clearance isle.  Either way, it is so much fun to start a room with that special item and watch is grow from there.

Are you drooling over that convex mirror?  Can you find a home for that gorgeous vintage elephant garden stool? I don't know about you, but I got some great DIY ideas from this website!!  

From my House to your House, Happy Hunting!!

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

A Summer Patio Inspiration | Doing it on a Dime

Hi Ya'll!
Who's got big plans this weekend?  I am ecstatic that the snow is GONE and the warm weather is upon us. I am from Texas so these Connecticut winters take all the life out of me. I need the sun to dance in!  Seriously.  I am a Summer girl for sure!!

Today I am going to show you how a little money on accessories can transform your patio.  $87.96 to be exact.  As well as, some inspiration for your Spring and Summer planters.  
   

The List:
Fern $10
Hosta $6.96
Umbrella $55
Pillows $16 
Total $87.96

I don't know if it's the "Southern" in me or what, but a fern adds just the right texture to a space.  I love me some fern....
These guys are so easy to grow, just make sure they have some shade.  Mine sits a-top an old birdbath pillar.  The wind broke my bowl over the winter, but no worries I found a new use it for it.  I had a matching pot and slipped the fern right in.  They both came from Ocean State a couple of years ago.

I am obsessed with succulents.  The color, the texture, the simplicity.  This one was a gift but was only $24 at Lowe's.  What a deal!



I am a nautical girl at heart...I grew up on the water.   Stripes behold my heart.  In fact, I think I wear stripes just about every day. These punchy black and white stripe inspired pillows were under $10 each at Walmart. My heart is beating...





  An umbrella is a must to keep cool in the sun.  You may fancy one with a pattern or a solid color...
Just so happens, a cheap one makes me even happier.  Don't be afraid to shop at Ocean State, or Walmart...you never know what you will find.


We have had this furniture for about 7 years. It's a teak set we bought at Target.  It has definitely run it's course, but it might have 1 more year left.  Next week I am going to give it a little love and roll some stain over it.  It will look brand new when I'm done. Hopefully...


Tip: If you have a wrought iron set, spray it black and it will look brand new too.  Paint, color, texture, fabric, and  a little bit of hope can jump start your patio for the Summer's  festivities.  

I am a big fan of perennials in a pot.  They come back year to year and you will save money in the long run.


boxwood perfection.

Love the plants!

  I now only put together a few pots of annuals for color.  I shoot for lime green (potato vine), hot pink (coleus or petunia) , variegated (hosta, caladiums or coleus) with a little bit of texture (fern or goldilocks).  These combinations are all breath taking...

Coleus
Love this!!!  Magic Trick: The Invisible Window Box : Remodelista
Trying to get better at container planting -- this is gorgeous!
shade containers so easy to do, goldilocks for the vine, begonia, fern, lime potato vine, impatiens, lobelia....all found at the greenhouse!

What do you think?  Have you been inspired to give your outdoor space a new look?

**Do you have big plans for the holiday weekend? With all this nice weather I am in the mood to P-A-R-T-Y! Whether its the perfect appetizer, or a delectably adorable dessert, or maybe its the perfect decoration you desire... All can be found on my Party Time inspiration board. Enjoy and get YOUR party on! 


From my House, to your House-- Happy Hunting!!

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Monday, May 19, 2014

Wrap that CHAIN | Another Light Makeover

Today I am sharing another inexpensive trick to take your lighting to another level.  (The rope wrangled me in again!)

I took the left over rope from my DIY Rope Chandelier  project and used a little on our Beach Bunker's Sunroom light.  Just by adding a little textured rope to an otherwise boring chain took this light somewhere special.  This project took less than 5 minutes and only required a glue gun to glue the layers together.





You can buy this bag of twisted manilla rope at your local hardware store for about $8.  Get creative!!! Use it on tables or furniture, make your own placemats...YOU get creative.  It's the perfect way to add warmth and texture to your house.  



And here's my DIY rope chandelier I tricked up for our kitchen.  




She's a beauty!  What do you think?  Is this a project you would try? 
 Come see MORE rope projects on my Pinterest Board.

From my House, to your House...Happy Hunting!!


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Friday, April 11, 2014

Easter Bunny Cookies Tutorial | An Adorable Treat for Easter

Hi Ya'll!

Easter is approaching and its time to break out the tricks in your bag.  Just for fun here's one of mine, I hope you will enjoy.



You will need:
1 Package of Sugar cookie mix
1 Can of white frosting
1 Package of large pink marshmallows (for floppy ears)
1 Package of small white marshmallows (for tails)
black sprinkles (for eyes)
Clean cooking shears or scissors
An egg cookie cutter



Build your bunnies: Bake you sugar cookies as directed and let them cool.

Frost your eggs with white frosting.  
I swirl a little frosting where the tail will go...

Add a tail! (small marshmallow cut in half.)


For the floppy ears...
Using scissors, slice almost to the end of the marshmallow...

not quite clipping all the way through..


Then slice all the way down right next to the previous cut... breaking the ears free!

The marshmallow will curl as you cut...creating the perfect 'floppy' ears.
(You will be able to get 3 sets of ears per 1 large marshmallow.)

Next place your floppy ears on the cookie..

Adding the black sprinkles is the last step in creating these adorable Easter Treats!


You want to decorate the bunnies while the icing is fresh and soft so the marshmallows and sprinkles will 'stick'.


Now sit back and be the 'ooh and ahh' of your Easter celebration!  I'm taking mine to our neighborhoods Annual Easter Egg Hunt!



Tips: 
*I found it easy to have a tiny amount of frosting on a toothpick and pick the sprinkles up with that.  It's a lot easier to get the eyes right the first time.

*I also found it helpful when slicing the marshmallows  to keep a wet warm washcloth close by to wipe the blades when they got messy.  This ensures clean and curly bunny ears.

*I have tried mini chocolate chips for the eyes but I prefer the tiny chocolate sprinkles.

* You can also use pink jelly beans for the ears, but I like the marshmallow floppy ears better.

Aren't these little bunnies adorable? Do you have any Easter tricks in your bag? 

For more spectacular Easter inspiration, click here for my Pinterest board on Easter.

From my house, to your house, Happy Hunting!

Happy Easter Ya'll!


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